News & Updates

Sep 9, 2014

2014 Beers Made By Walking Festival in Denver set for October 3rd

Beers Made By Walking / GABF 2014
Friday, October 3rd /// 12 - 4pm
Wynkoop Brewing /// 1634 18th St. Denver
$40 /// Tickets available here

Beers Made By Walking invites brewers to go on nature hikes and make new beers that are inspired by plants from the trail. Each beer is a unique, drinkable portrait of the landscape. We are excited to announce our annual festival at Wynkoop Brewing in Denver on Friday, October 3rd, from 12-4pm MST. Now in it’s fourth year, the event showcases over 30 place-based beers to the countless beer lovers that have gathered in Denver for the Great American Beer Festival.

Over twenty of the beers were made specifically for this event from Colorado breweries that have collaborated with us. Each beer is inspired by landscapes in an area of the brewer’s choosing. Brewers have hiked up 14,000 foot mountains, trekked through lush canyons, camped in national parks, and strolled through community gardens to find inspiration. Additionally we will serve a series of beers that fit into the Indigenous Style Category from breweries around the country. See sneak peeks of the beers here.

Tickets go on sale here, on 9/3 at noon MST. Visitors will receive special glassware for the event, and unlimited access to the beers, until they run out.

We are happy to announce that half of the proceeds will once again be donated to the Cottonwood Institute in Denver, a non-profit organization that inspires young people to initiate positive change by strengthening their civic engagement, environmental stewardship, and leadership skills.


Copper Kettle
Crazy Mountain
Crooked Stave
Fonta Flora
Former Future
Horse and Dragon
Oskar Blues
Our Mutual Friend
Pateros Creek
Riff Raff
Station 26
West Flanders
Wicked Weed
Wild Woods
Wit's End

Sponsors: This event is generously sponsored by Walk2Connect and Wynkoop Brewing.

Sep 8, 2014

Previewing the Foraged and Indigenous Category of the Beers Made By Walking Festival

Ladyface Mountain

Beers Made By Walking is trying something a little new this year. In addition to inviting breweries to make beer inspired by hikes around Colorado, we are also introducing a Foraged and Indigenous component to our festival on October 3rd. Tickets for the event are $40 for unlimited samples of over 30 place-based beers.

The Foraged and Indigenous component component showcases brewers that are not part of the original Beers Made By Walking program in CO, OR, or WA, but who already use foraged, wild, and indigenous ingredients to create what we are calling "place-based beers." These beers will be served in a special section at the festival. The five breweries participating will be: Fullsteam, Fonta Flora, Ladyface, Scratch, and Wicked Weed.

Three of these innovative breweries call North Carolina their home, representing a state with strong ties to its agricultural heritage, while the other two call California and Illinois home. In this post we are previewing the latter two breweries and the beers they are showcasing at our Denver festival. We will release the North Carolina brewers preview soon!

Aug 21, 2014

CO Sneak Preview #03: Wild Woods

Today we continue our series of sneak peeks for the Denver Beers Made By Walking Festival. Beers Made By Walking invites brewers to go on nature hikes and make beer inspired by the plants that are found along the trail. This preview will detail the hike that Wild Woods Brewery embarked upon to find inspiration. You'll also learn a little about the beer they're planning. This beer will be a part of the BMBW Fest on October 3rd in Denver. Wild Woods Brewery, for the husband and wife team that opened business almost two years ago, is the intentional combination of two passions - the outdoors and craft beer. “We live it, we breathe it, it comes through in our beer,” reflected Erin Evans. From the Ponderosa porter that smells exactly like a Ponderosa pine (strikingly similar to a butterscotch vanilla cupcake) to the Treeline IPA, inspired by the juniper trees commonly seen at tree line, all of the beers flow from a grounded sense of place.

Aug 17, 2014

CooperSmith's and Fossil Brewing Sneak Peek

Today we continue our series of sneak peeks for the Denver Beers Made By Walking Festival. Beers Made By Walking invites brewers to go on nature hikes and make beer inspired by the plants that are found along the trail. This preview will show you the hikes that Fossil Brewing of Colorado Springs and Coopersmith's of Fort Collins undertook to find inspiration. You'll also learn a little about the beer they're planning, or at least the ingredients they intend to use. Their beers will be a part of the BMBW Fest on October 3rd in Denver.

Aug 12, 2014

Colorado BMBW Sneak Peek #01 - Copper Kettle and Horse and Dragon

We would like to give our Colorado fans a few sneak peeks at some of the beers, and a look at the hikes that inspired them, that will be a part of our upcoming Beers Made By Walking Festival. Set your calendars for October 3rd, which is the Friday of the Great American Beer Festival. From 12-4pm, you'll be able to try over 25 landscape inspired brews from across the country. If you're unfamiliar with our program, we invite brewers to make beer inspired by plants that we find on nature trails. Each beer is a type of drinkable portrait of a trail near the brewery.

A moderate hike filled with scenic views from above the town of Golden as well as a beautiful stroll through community gardens in Fort Collins defined the first two public hikes for the Colorado Beers Made By Walking program. Brewers from across the state have been leading public and private hikes in preparation for their BMBW beers.

Jul 31, 2014

Hiking with Brewers in Seattle - A recap of our first two hikes

Photo Credit: Friends of the Cedar River Watershed

This Summer the Beers Made by Walking program expanded into the beautiful city of Seattle. Through a partnership with Friends of the Cedar River Watershed (FCRW) we organized a series of hikes with local brewers. So far, two of the hikes have taken place and the third will happen in September. We enjoyed working with FCRW because of their commitment to water issues and education in Washington. Water is, after all, the largest ingredient in beer, and our work together has allowed hikers and brewers to learn about the history of water use in the city, in addition to learning about edible and medicinal plants in the region.

Jul 28, 2014

Walk with Horse & Dragon in Fort Collins, CO!

We are excited to announce that Horse & Dragon Brewing Company will lead the second public walk in Colorado for Beers Made by Walking! Join this Fort Collins-based brewery as they walk through The Gardens on Spring Creek this Sunday, August 3rd. Walkers will learn more about edible plants that grow wild in Colorado while the head brewer, Linsey Cornish, will share some insights on her planned brew. The walk will be led by Sherry Fuller, the head of the Garden's adult education program. Brewer Linsey Cornish also  attended Copper Kettle's hike last week and is extremely excited about her upcoming beer. The walk is free, as Horse & Dragon is sponsoring the tour!

The details:

  • When: Sunday, August 3rd. 10 AM.
  • Where: The Gardens on Spring Creek. 2145 Centre Ave., Fort Collins, CO.
  • What to Expect: Tons of info on plants in Colorado and a beautiful walk.
  • What to Bring: Water, snacks, sun protection.
  • How to Sign UpEmail Horse and Dragon, send them a Facebook message, or signup in their taproom!

Jul 4, 2014

Hike with Copper Kettle Brewing in Golden, CO!

Beers Made By Walking and Copper Kettle Brewing Company from Denver are teaming up for Colorado's first public hike of the year! The event will be at Mt. Galbraith Park near Golden, Colorado on July 27th. After the hike, you are invited to join the group at Cannonball Creek Brewing in Golden for a beer. If you are interested in joining this trek through the beautiful Rocky Mountains just outside of Denver, please be sure to join Copper Kettle's Facebook event page for the hike.

When: Sunday, July 27th, 10am-2pm

If you would like to carpool, meet at Copper Kettle at 9:15, or you can meet at the trailhead at 10.

Where: Mount Galbraith Park, 21992 Golden Gate Canyon Road, Golden, CO
              From State Highway 93, take Golden Gate Canyon Road west approx. 1.5 miles

What to Expect:
  • A moderate 4.9-mile hike that loops around the summit of the 7,260-foot peak
  • Lots of canyon views with ample opportunities to view wildlife
  • Loads of plant and beer knowledge
What to Bring
  • Water, snacks, and sun protection